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Hike Mt. Elbert (updated)

Mt. Elbert is the highest peak in Colorado (14,443 ft), but is an "easy" climb with class 1 terrain up to the summit via the Northeast Ridge route. http://www.14ers.com/routemain.php?route=elbe1&peak=Mt.+Elbert .  

I hope you're all getting excited, I think it's going to be a great weekend!  We'll plan on meeting at the Wooly Mammoth lot, carpooling and driving to Leadville Saturday afternoon at 3:30 P.M. (it's a little over 2 hours to drive there, we can change this departure time if needed), camping Saturday night near the trailhead, and climbing Sunday morning. I think a 4:30 AM start will give us plenty of time to summit and descend before storms roll in (and hopefully give us an awesome look at the sunrise).  All participants are responsible for their own well-being and safety, and must be physically, mentally, and gear-fully prepared.

Everyone should come prepared with the following:

Water (at least 2L for hiking, more if you're camping the night before)

Food (dinner for if you're camping, breakfast, snacks for the hike)

Hat 

Gloves

Synthetic shirts

Fleece or Wind-Block jacket

Waterproof shell/jacket

Nylon shorts orhiking pants

Hiking boots / scrambling shoes

Hiking socks

Headlamp

Sunglasses

Knife or multi-tool

Whistle

30spf+ sunscreen

TP (in ziploc bag)

Trash Bag

Charged cell phone

Emergency supplies (I'll bring a first aid kit, please bring one if you have one, it's better to be overprepared!)

Optional: 

Trekking poles

Compass

GPS

Maps (I'll bring a guidebook, the trail is well-marked)

Tape

Matches/lighter



Everyone camping should bring:

Sleeping pad

Sleeping bag

Tent (optional) 

I'm a believer in sleeping under the stars unless there are lots of bugs and/or it's raining or going to rain, but to each their own!    

If you've read this far and you're still planning on going, please comment with:

• If you'll be joining us Sunday morning or Saturday afternoon

• If you have a 4WD mid-clearance vehicle that you would be willing to drive and how many people you can take.  I think it's fair for people to pitch a little for gas, this can be worked out with drivers.

• If you have a tent you'd like to bring, and how many people it sleeps

• If anything's missing from the list

Information about the road to the trailhead can be found here: http://www.14ers.com/php14ers/trailheads2.php?thparm=sw03


Sorry for the overload of information, I just want to make sure we're all well-prepared.  Let me know if you have any questions!

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  • Gretchen

    Thanks Shannon...and what a fabulous day and morning to view the sun rise! Thanks everyone else for sharing the trail....and a good time!

    July 14

  • Milena A.

    Hi Everyone! Thanks for putting up with this one, slow hiker!! My first 14er and I couldn't of done it without all of you rooting me on. Thanks again, I had fun.

    July 14

    • Brian P.

      Congratulations on your first. Hopefully you are hooked.

      July 14

  • Brian P.

    Thanks Shannon for organizing. Congrats to everybody on a great hike. Nice to meet you all.

    July 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike everybody! Aside from the terrible traffic coming back to Denver, it was the best day we could have asked for! Thanks Shannon for organizing!

    July 13

  • Milena A.

    I need directions or an address for the Wooly Mammoth Lot coming in from Boulder, please...

    July 12

    • Olivia M.

      Text me at[masked] James and I were planning on leaving then too and it would make more sense for us to all carpool up together!

      July 12

  • Milena A.

    Never mind!...I got it now...

    July 12

  • Dave R.

    Sorry 'bout confusing previous comments. I'll try to meet at Wooly Mammoth at 3 pm. I drive an orange chevy cobalt. If I can't make it, I'll drive all the way there and try to find your camping spot. My number is[masked]

    July 12

  • Olivia M.

    Any one else planning on going up on Sunday morning?

    July 10

    • Milena A.

      Gretchen and I will be driving up Sunday morning early from the Mammoth parking lot, just in case any one else needs a ride!

      July 12

  • Milena A.

    Gretchen and I will be there at 4:30amish. We plan on rendevouzing at the Mammoth Parking lot tomorrow in the wee hours for our drive up.

    See you then!

    July 12

    • Brian P.

      FYI. I think Shannon wants to start hiking at 4:30

      July 12

  • Brian P.

    Shannon, I'm up in Breck right now. I did Lincoln today & legs still feel good so I will be at the campsite around 6:30. I drive a Silver Audi Allroad. My cell # is[masked]

    July 12

  • Michael S.

    Shannon, I will meet you at the Woolly Mammoth lot at 3:00. Let's meet near light pole marked "KK". My number is[masked]-1998.
    Mike

    July 12

  • Gianna O.

    Hi guys... I'm very disappointed, but I can no longer go Sunday - a big family wedding is happening and they need my help now. I hope to join in the future! Thanks anyway!

    July 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone, I'm a visiting college student and although I have a lot of 14'er experience, I do not have a car. I do have access to the light rail and can be out at the Jeffco Gov Center at the end of the W line as early as 2:50am. This is very close to (5 minutes away from) the Wholly Mammoth Parking Lot and right off the I-70 close to where 6th and Colfax meet. If anyone is looking to carpool, I will gladly pitch in for gas.

    July 6, 2014

    • Dave R.

      Feel free to crash in my tent too, if you want. It fits four supposedly, so there's plenty of space. Or sleep under the stars. I can bring extra sleeping stuff too.

      July 9

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks both of you! I believe that I am driving up with Jennifer EARLY early sunday morning. So is the plan that we're getting on the trail at 4:30am?

      July 9

  • nigel

    Are we going to the North Mount Elbert trailhead or South Mount ? the links above seem to point to both. The North Mount is near Massive trailhead and I think you can get there without 4WD as it's just dirt road according to my book and what I remember when I did Massive and wasn't driving so I apologise if I am wrong. I was planning on going Saturday afternoon meeting at Wooly Mammoth, I don't have a 4WD.

    July 9

    • nigel

      thanks for the clarification, I have a gold subaru outback so I will see you at woolly

      July 9

  • Dave R.

    I'll plan on joining Saturday afternoon for camping. I have a tent that says it sleeps 4, although I haven't used it before. I don't have a 4WD. Looking forward to this weekend!

    July 9

  • Gianna O.

    Hi! My mom and I plan on spending the night in our car or under the stars Saturday night, but we'll be later than everyone else - getting there around 7pm. Is that okay?

    July 9

  • nigel

    Have we decided on a time yet for meeting on Saturday for those going down and camping the night before ? Thanks

    July 7, 2014

  • Dave

    On the road into the main trailhead there are plenty of spaces for dispersed camping with spurs off the road. Camping Saturday night is definitely the way to go. It's a relatively short hike with a lot of false summits near the top. At 4:30 you'll probably be the first on the trail.

    July 5, 2014

  • Milena A.

    Hi Shannon;
    I'd like to join then! I can meet you all there in the wee hours of the morning. When will all start heading out from the trailhead and can I leave my car there safely? Also, one more thing...at what time will we return?
    Looking forward to a good hike!

    June 16, 2014

  • Milena A.

    Hi Shannon;
    I may have agreed to go on this hike prematurely. Is this a 2 day hike? If so, and it starts on Sunday, then, I will have to pass. Please let me know. Thank you
    Milena

    June 15, 2014

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